A Project for Better Journalism chapter

The Causes of Mighty Panther’s Losses

The Mighty Panthers has gone through many losses until our recent homecoming game which was played against the Bladensburg Mustangs with the score  14-0. Though compared to the amount of losses they had before, what possible reasons has impacted them?

“…Biggest thing that our team has a problem with; not so much who they’re playing but where they’re playing,” said Stanley Hall, the coach of the football team“The field is terrible…The teams that come here don’t even want to play here because no grass, the field is terrible. Yesterday [October 17th] was the first time it rained since July the 8th so you can imagine how the field is…” 

Having a decent field is the most important thing. Imagine playing a game on pure concrete. Once someone tackles you down, you’ll be going straight to the hospital. The fact that our field is just dirt and barely have any grass is an issue. It could be messy and a health hazard if the dust gets in their eyes or nose. The county has yet taken a step to help fix the fields or maintain it. 

The fact that not even the other teams want to play here is a huge problem and also embarrassing.

It’s upsetting that the hard working football team has to play in bad conditioned field “… it disappoints me because you can go six miles to our west to Flowers High School, they played in a totally different environment and where if you go five  miles to the north to Roosevelt, they [also] play in a different environment. It’s not like you’re talking about people that live in a different state, youre talking about people five miles away and then four miles away you got north western and that plays on terf…” said Brian Moore, athletic director. 

Not only are our field is lacking, so is our team spirit and support for the team. There hasn’t been enough people showing up for their games or enough support from other students or staff in our school. 

“ I don’t think we get enough support for our football games in general. I know that we play on Saturday’s afternoon for football and that’s a tough time to ask for people to come back to the school to support a football game opposed to a game being on a friday night [since] you know after school because kids love to hang out here in school anyway and it’ll be nothing for them to walk out back for the football game.” said Mr. Moore. 

Football is the main face of high school, it’s sad that the team’s aren’t recognized or unappreciated when they work hard everyday. 

“We dont have alot of support and I’m being honest. Not a lot of people come to the games, that needs to change [because] the whole school [here] is like a family.” said Senior 20’ Carlvainsky Decius,  quarterback of the team

We should be able to cheer on the football team and help motivate them. We should have special events such as prep rallies before a game to let them know that we’re on their side!